Monthly Archives: November 2010

November 12, 2010

Opportunity to be a legislative intern in Jefferson City

Truman State is still accepting applications for Jefferson City Interns this Spring Semester. Successful applicants will have earned 60 hours of academic credit before the spring, have an overall GPA of 2.75 or above, and receive the approval of the Provost.

The internship earns 15 hours of academic credit and students also receive a monthly stipend of $440 a month to help cover living expenses.

Interested students should contact:

Ralph Cupelli
Assistant to the Provost and Vice President for  Academic Affairs
Truman State University

November 10, 2010

New Christianity course open for Spring 2011 registration

Message from Professor Jesse:

The erstwhile Blake seminar is now dead for this next semester. But it will arise from the dead in another semester coming soon! I’ll be offering the PHRE 301 Christianity course this Spring semester instead; it should be open for registration today or tomorrow. It will be offered on T&R at 1:30 in BH 262. Below is a description:

This course sketches the history of Christian thought from the first century to the present day. We will explore some of the main theological traditions within this history by focusing on some of their major architects including St. Paul, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin, Friedrich Schleiermacher, and Paul Tillich. The emphasis here is on primary texts–listening to these theological revolutionaries describe their ideas in their own words. However, assigned readings and class lectures also will provide the historical and cultural contextualization that enables us to understand the meaning and significance of these ideas. Students will need to keep up with assigned readings for the day and be prepared to discuss those readings in class.

November 6, 2010

2010 PHRE Conference this weekend!

Find out the exciting details here.

Please note that the conference is being held in the Student Union’s Georgian Room, not the Conference Room as previously advertised.

Registration-related clarification about Spring 2011’s PHRE 476: Blake Seminar

From Professor Jesse:

There has been some confusion over the registrar’s designation of the PHRE 400-level courses for next semester. My 476 Blake seminar was designated as “Senior Seminar,” which really should be used only to refer to our required 475 senior seminar course. That problem should now be fixed. I want to clarify that my course on “William Blake’s Religious Thought” (PHRE 476) is opened to any upper-level (i.e., junior or senior) major or minor in PHRE (in addition to English Literature, Art, and Art History).  Contrary to what has appeared on Banner, there also are no pre-requisites for this course–only junior or senior standing.

The description of the course is as follows:

This course takes an interdisciplinary religion, literature, and aesthetics approach to selected works of the English Romantic poet, painter, and engraver William Blake (1757-1827). We will attend to both the visual and verbal dimensions of his works, focusing specifically on their theological aspects. This is a seminar course designed for upper-level majors and minors in PHRE, English Literature, Art, or Art History. There will be very little lecture; the majority of our time together will be spent on individual presentations and seminar discussions based on the assigned readings. Requirements include active class participation, and a research project presented orally and in writing.

Let me know if you have any questions about the course. Thanks!

Prof. Jesse

November 4, 2010

PHRE Club reminder from William Franks

Our Philosophy/Religion Club meetings have been going quite well.  Next week’s topic is on questions Personal Identity or a sense of the Self.  As a reminder, our meeting times are Monday, 4:30-5:30pm in Baldwin 350.  Requirements for coming may consist of: liking to think, liking to talk about what you think, and liking to listen to what other people think.

Keep philosophizing,
~ William Franks

2010 PHRE Conference schedule now posted

You can find it here.